Tommy Joe Martins and Caesar Bacarella Team Up to Establish a New Xfinity Series Outfit

Published 08/31/2021, 1:15 AM EDT
Feb 27, 2021; Miami, FL, USA; NASCAR Xfinity Series driver AJ Allmendinger (16) leads the field during the Contender Boats 250 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports


Recently, reports emerged that Xfinity team Martins Motorsports will be renamed Alpha Prime Racing in 2022. This rebranding comes on the back of Caesar Bacarella linking up with driver and owner Tommy Joe Martins.

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The soon-to-be newborn outfit will field a single entry with the #44 number, with Martins and Bacarella sharing duties. Also joining their roster is ARCA Menards Series East driver Rajah Caruth, who will run a part-time schedule.

According to reports, Caruth is expected to race at Martinsville, Dover and Richmond. However, if he is able to secure some sponsorship, a case could be made for Pocono and Kansas.

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What else to learn about Tommy Joe Martins’ new team?

In terms of the 2022 schedule, Martins will to compete in at least 10-15 races. Meanwhile, Bacarella and Caruth will split the remaining races between themselves.

Feb 27, 2021; Miami, FL, USA; NASCAR Xfinity Series driver Austin Cindric (22) leads AJ Allmendinger (16) during the Contender Boats 250 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

On an interesting note, Alpha Prime is a reference to Bacarella’s fitness apparel and supplements company.

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According to Bacarella, once he found out Martins’ plans to go part time, he grew interested. From there, the situation evolved into talks about ownership. Needless to say, Tommy Joe Martins was more than happy to have Caesar on board the project.

“I want to build something, I love this sport. That’s why I do it. I’ve known Tommy and his dad since 2018, and when I saw the news about them going part time, I started asking questions.”

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For the moment, Caruth will see out his ARCA Series contract this year. For the following season, he will remain with Rev Racing as a part-time driver and split his duties between the ARCA and Xfinity series. So far, the 19-year-old boasts of two top 5 finishes in seven races in the ARCA East Series. In addition to that, he lies sixth in the points table in the buildup to the season finale in September.

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